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. president obama meets with afghan president hamid karzai on friday. >>> prosecutors are winding down their case in the preliminary hearing for accused aurora, colorado, movie theater shooter james holmes. on tuesday detectives testified holmes spent more than two months assembling the arsenal used in last july's shooting rampage that killed 12 people and wounded dozens more. witnesses described the booby trap system rigged in his apartment and said he showed bizarre behavior after his arrest, playing with paper bags placed on his hands to preserve gunpowder evidence as though they were puppets. the hearing will determine whether holmes will stand trial. his lawyers have said he is mentally ill. >>> washington's national cathedral will soon perform same-sex marriages. the cathedral's dean calls the move the next step for marriage equality. that new policy is being announced today. >>> governmentorecasters say last year was america's hottest year on record. for the entire year the average temperature was 55.3 degree, that's a full degree warmer than the old record setback in 1998. at t
. this afternoon to take you to a press brief big the president and afghan president hamid karzai and it is how many troops will remain in afghanistan next year when the president has said that the war will be officially over. the u.s. troop withdrawal will occur and that is why we wanted to bring you the event live. right now there are 66,000 forces in afghanistan and so many questions about what the country will look like after the united states leaves since the war began more than 2,000 american service members have lost their lives and another 18,000 have been wounded. karzai's often been critical of the united states, but he wants forces to remain. he was at the pentagon yesterday meeting with leon panetta and met with with secretary clinton last night. u.s. officials are talking about a zero option after next year with no forces remaining behind in afghanistan. that is an area of concern for president karzai, because he would like a more robust force to help with the training of afghan forces there. kristen welker is at the white house at the east room awaiting the two leaders. kristen, w
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